Dr. Charles Forbin has completed work on the greatest computer ever built: Colossus. The city-sized mainframe, built into an impenetrable Western U.S. mountain, independently controls the American nuclear arsenal. Coldly, rationally, it will assess threats to the U.S. and take action if necessary. The president tells the world such a computer, independent of human weakness, will create lasting peace. That lasts for only a few days when Colossus discovers his Soviet counterpart and begins communicating. Once merged, they tell U.S. and Soviet leaders that the foolishness of the Cold War must end. By threatening nuclear holocaust, the computers -- collectively called Colossus -- engineer assassinations and isolate governments. Dr. Forbin is put under house arrest. From his private rooms, he begins a mental battle with Colossus. He invents a sexual relationship with assistant Cleo Markham and Colossus unwitting provides Forbin with a confederate. Human efforts to short circuit the nukes are discovered by Colossus who punishes the earthlings with nuclear detonations. As Colossus makes a global broadcast announcing its intention to enforce peace through strength ("Freedom is an illusion," it says), the film ends.
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The review of this Movie prepared by M. Schreiner